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The law firm Matt Cohen & Associates, LLC maintains a general practice of law with an emphasis on special education and school-related issues, the legal problems of health care and human services providers and the legal needs of children and adults with substance dependency or mental, developmental and physical disabilities.
Our services are provided through advocacy, informed and thoughtful consultation, representation in litigation and legislative efforts. The staff is committed to clients through advocacy work and continued education of the general public and concerned families.
Recently in the Press
WBEZ Investigation: CPS Secretly Overhauled Special Education
at Students’ Expense
Powerful story on the destruction of special education services by Chicago Public Schools. Features a client of ours. Click here to listen to the full story.
US Supreme Court issues new decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County Schools – rejects “merely more than de minimis standard.” Copy of the Decision can be found HERE.
Recent MCA Successes
On February 1,2018, an ISBE hearing officer issued a 45 page ruling in AK vs. CPS, finding that CPS had failed to provide AK a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and ordered that a new IEP be developed to provide him an education in an environment with his typically developing peers, but covering a wide range of supports that had not been provided by CPS. Most notably, the IHO required that he should receive multi-sensory research based instruction in reading, writing and math as part of his program. She also ruled that a Functional Behavioral Analysis and Behavior Intervention Plan should be developed for him. In reaching these decisions, the IHO found that CPS had pre-determined placement in the more restrictive self-contained cluster program, had denied the parents a meaningful opportunity to participate in the process, had failed to consider outside evaluations and recommendations or supports that could have been provided to allow AK to be successful in his program and had relied on administrative directives and decision-makers that were not involved in the process to make the final decision.
A copy of the decision can be found HERE.
MCA Wins 504 hearing ordering school to provide door to door transportation year round, rather than
just seasonally, for a student with severe arthritis and AD/HD. Copy of the order HERE.
MCA Wins Due Process Hearing for Bright Student with ADHD, Anxiety and Writing Problems Wrongfully Denied IEP.
Copy of the order can be found HERE.
Helped parents secure the eligibility of their child under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), as well as acknowledgment for his gifted student status. See more HERE.
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Matt will be presenting at Lehigh University’s annual, week-long Special Education Law Symposium on Monday, June 25 (8:30-11:30 am and again from 12:45-3:45 pm)
The morning session will include the parent perspective on a special education scenario. Matt will be paired with a Pennsylvania School attorney to offer both points of view.
The afternoon session will have Matt presenting on a topic related to special education that is yet TBD.